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Fatboys For Fairford - 4 October

fatboys charityShrivenham Football Club, is delighted to announce that the uhlsport Hellenic Premier League derby being held at Barrington Park against Fairford Town on Saturday November 14 will be our opening charity fund raiser of the new season.

With Fatboys our chosen charity for the next two years, the club have pledged to mark the occasion with 100% of the gate money we receive on the day, being donated to the charity.

“It’s really important for our club to recognise the work of Fatboys Charity,” club Fundraiser Kevin Hegg said. “Being a local derby, we’re hoping to attract a good attendance for the game and it should help generate some much-needed funds for the charity. We’ll also look to provide an option for fans to make additional donations on the day if they so wish as it’s all for a great cause.”

Speaking on behalf of the charity, Mike Rees explained: “It’s incredibly humbling to have Shrivenham do this on our behalf and we are delighted to have this partnership with the club. “The charity was set up in memory of Swindon Police Officer Mike “Fatboy” Lawless, who died of cancer in 1999 at the age of just 31. We purchase gifts at Christmas for children dealing with cancer and leukaemia. Their parents often have to give up work to convey them to hospitals many times a week and care for them. The gifts help to bring a smile to the child’s face in difficult times. These circumstances are made even more difficult by the current pandemic and additionally, like most charities, our fundraising income has been severely impacted upon by the pandemic. "

“Although we’re a very small locally based charity, over the last 21-years, we’ve managed to help thousands of children both locally and throughout the UK thanks to kind donations and much hard work and dedication of everyone involved so we can’t thank Shrivenham Football Club – and importantly everyone who attends the game, enough!”

The Charity raises funds throughout the year in order to purchase Christmas presents and since Fatboys inception, the charity has raised in the region of £200k and they have helped hundreds of children suffering with serious illness.

You can find out all about the great work that Fatboys are doing, by visiting their website at https://emmafj7.wixsite.com/fatboys 

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